The shuttlers from hosts Bangladesh were eliminated from the pre-quarterfinals stage of the men's and women's singles of the Yonex-Sunrise Bangladesh Open International Challenge at the Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmed Indoor Stadium in Paltan yesterday.
Five shuttlers -- Bristy Khatun, Nabila Akter, Dulali Halder, Enamul Haque and Salman Khan -- came into the pre-quarterfinals by either a victory or a walkover but they disappointed with below-par performances against opponents from Nepal, India and Vietnam, who are not well known in Asian badminton.
The Bangladeshi shuttlers were behind in technique, skill, stamina and perfection compared to their opponents and eventually surrendered by giving away points, especially after providing a bit of a challenge in the initial stages of the games.
“I awarded more points to my opponent than she earned due to my lack of perfection. Perfection is achieved by playing a lot of international tournaments but we get only one international tournament in a year while the visiting shuttlers play a lot of international tournaments round the year,” said Bristy after suffering 8-21, 12-21 defeat to Vietnamese shuttler Thi Phuong Tran in the pre-quarterfinals.
“I tried to give my best on the court. Though I could not do well, I have the ability to do better,” said the Bangladesh Army shuttler. “But it depends on how we are preparing and how many tournaments we have been playing in a year. To be honest we had only ten days of training for this tournament.”
“If the federation took proper plans centring the Yonex-Sunrise tournament, then the shuttlers could have produced good results,” said Bristy.
Echoing a similar sentiment, Enamul Haque, Bangladesh's second-ranked male shuttler, blamed poor preparation for such dismal performance.
“It was just a token participation for us because it is not possible to produce good results with a short period of training. The foreign players do a lot of practice and play many international tournaments but we even did not get a month-long training,” Enamul said, who lost against Nepal's Ratnajit Tamang 7-21, 19-21.
There was something for the hosts to cheer about as the Enayet Ullah Khan and Nabila Akter pair and the Tushar Krishna Roy and Erina Parvin pair moved into the quarterfinals of mixed doubles beating their respective Nepalese opponents in straight sets.